Functional Dry Needling is a general term for a therapeutic treatment procedure that involves multiple advances of a needle into the muscle in the area of the body which produces pain and typically contains a 'Trigger Point’. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points.
There is no injectable solution and the needle which is used is very thin. Most patients will not feel the needle penetrate the skin.
Dry needling is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injury, and even pain and injury prevention, with very few side effects. This technique is unequaled in finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and functional deficits.
Dry needling is not acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine principles, and supported by research.